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Future of NAPA Super DIRT Week Will Be at State-of-the-Art Central New York Raceway Park

New York State Fair Grounds
New York State Fair Grounds

DIRTcar ready to welcome fans to next week’s ‘Finale at the Fairgrounds’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sept. 30, 2015 – The 44th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week is only ONE week away at the New York State Fairgrounds, but DIRTcar Racing and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are already looking to the future, jointly announcing today the event will relocate to Central New York Raceway Park when completed.

“The State of New York has made a 10-year commitment to Super DIRT Week to keep the event in Central New York,” DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “We are excited to announce today Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings will be the new home for Super DIRT Week after this year’s ‘Finale at the Fairgrounds.’”

The joint announcement today at the fairgrounds, where the gates open next Wednesday for this year’s event, is the next step in a plan between Super DIRT Week and the State of New York to move the event to a new, state-of-the-art facility that is currently under construction about 20 minutes north of Syracuse.

“After next week’s 44th NAPA Super DIRT Week, our team is looking forward to the challenge of bringing Super DIRT Week, the Super DIRTcar Series and its fans to a brand new venue,” Carter said. “We are eager for our entire staff, from ticketing to operations, to begin working on next year’s event as soon as the checkered flag waves on this year’s Syracuse 200.”

Tickets are still available for this year’s heart-pounding Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified and DIRTcar Modified action at NAPA Super DIRT Week by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the “Got A Question” link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com. For all of the news and information about NAPA Super DIRT Week, make sure to check out www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek, or follow it on Twitter at @SuperDIRTWeek.

THE ROAD TO THE FINALE STARTS AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WITH BIG TUESDAY NIGHT SHOW

12045537_10204859076106181_9157274544873419449_oFEATURING $3,000 TO WIN EVENTS FOR THE MODIFIEDS AND 360 SPRINTS
VERNON, NY-Utica-Rome Speedway will close the doors on its 2015 racing season on Tuesday, October 6 with a special three division midweek show.  Billed as Tuesday Night Thunder, the event sponsored by A-Verdi Container Storage and Clinton Tractor & Implement Company, will feature $3,000 to win events for the Big Block/Small Block Modifieds and 360 Sprints plus a rare appearance by the Mod Lites for a $1,000 to win main event.
 The Modifieds will compete in 30 lap distance, a normal Sunday main event, but this time it will pay $3,000 to win instead of the weekly $2,000 to win.  Matt Sheppard dominated much of the action in 2015 as he claimed the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway Stampede Steakhouse Modified track championship over Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, and Vic Coffey.  Sheppard’s title was worth $13,000 plus he will get another $6,000 for finishing second in New York State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.  The Modified field for this event looks to be a diverse field with many unexpected invaders who will be in the area for the final Super DIRT Week event at the NYS Fairgrounds.  The Modifieds will compete under the normal weekly rules which are available on the speedway website.
Always providing exciting action when they visit the Action Track of the East, the 360 Sprints will return for the final time in 2015.  Like the Modifieds, the Sprints will race for a special $3,000 to win payday with the A Main being 25 laps.  Many of the top Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Group, and United Racing Club teams are expected to make their way to the Vernon oval for the special event.  Stewart Friesen has won two of the three visits by the Sprints in 2015 while Chuck Hebing was the victor in the remaining event.
The Mod Lites will complete the three division show as they will try to tackle the fast half mile in a rare stop at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  This will be the highest paying Mod Lite event ever at the Vernon oval as the main event will pay $1,000 to win.  With that kind of purse, many of the region’s top Mod Lite competitors are expected to find their way to the Utica-Rome Speedway.
Super Dirt LogoCampers will be welcome at the Utica-Rome Speedway as many will be in the area awaiting for the gates to open for them at the New York State Fairgrounds for the Finale at the Fairgrounds Super DIRT Week event.  Anyone wanting to set up early and stage on the speedway grounds until Wednesday morning are more than welcome to do so.
Gates for this special midweek event will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to begin at 7 p.m.  The schedule may altered slightly on the day of the event, depending on how teams make it through inspections at the fairgrounds.  Admission for adults will be $22 with kids 16 and under admitted for free.  Pit admission will remain at the normal weekly rate with competitors set at $27 and non-participants at $32.  No NASCAR license is required for this event.
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.  The speedway can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @UR_Speedway.

Decker prevails at Fonda Speedway

Super Dirt LogoFourth 2015 Super DIRTcar Series win for the “Franklin Flyer”

FONDA, N.Y. – September 26, 2015 – Billy Decker retook the lead from Brett Hearn for the second time on lap 78 and stayed in front the rest of the way to win the Mohawk Valley 100 at Fonda Speedway.

It was the defending Super DIRTcar Series (SDS) champion’s fourth series win of the season and his first at Fonda Speedway since 1988.

Decker set fast time in qualifying and started fifth in a 31-car field. He passed Hearn for the first time on lap 72 after heavy lapped traffic slowed the leader’s torrid pace.

The “Jersey Jet” had reeled in Stewart Friesen and quickly drawn off to a sizeable lead on lap 34. After his back-and-forth duel with Decker had gone Decker’s way, Hearn was overtaken by Larry Wight and was being pressured by Gary Tomkins when he went up in smoke and slowed on the backstretch, bringing out the third caution.

On the restart, Friesen came back to life and raced past Tomkins and Wight, but he couldn’t ever get to Decker whose winning margin was five car-lengths.

“I’m super happy,” Decker said in victory lane. “The guys made great adjustments on the car. I’d go where they weren’t in traffic. I love to race here and I want to thank all the Fonda fans for their support.”

Wight’s stout podium finish followed up his win at Autodrome Granby. Friesen, who led laps 13-33 and then slipped back to 6th, overtook him with five laps left. He was trying to equal Jack Johnson’s seasonal record of 12 Fonda wins.

“My car was awesome in the beginning,” Friesen said. “Then it got lazy and then it got going again. Maybe it’s the tires, I don’t know. It was weird, but finishing second to this guy is pretty good.”

Polesitter Gary Tomkins and Tim Fuller did a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing with several different cars to earn the fourth and fifth spots.

Positions 6-10 went to series point leader Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, A.J.Romano, Jimmy Phelps and Keith Flach.

Hearn saw his chance to gain ground on Sheppard disappear on his way to the pits for a 26th place finish.

The next time out for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will be the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” Syracuse 200 during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRTWeek XLIV Sunday, October 11.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Fonda Speedway; September 26, 2015

“Mohawk Valley 100”

A-Main (100 laps): start in (*)

1. 91 Billy Decker – Unadilla, N.Y. (5)

2. 1F Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, N.Y. (7)

3. 99L Larry Wight- Phoenix, N.Y. (4)

4. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (1)

5. 19F Tim Fuller – Edwards, N.Y. (8)

6. 9h Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y. (2)

7. 93 Danny Varin – Fonda, N.Y. (10)

8. 16 AJ Romano – Johnstown, N.Y. (13)

9. 98 Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinville, N.Y. (6)

10. 43 Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y. (11)

11. 00 Bobby Varin – Gloversville, N.Y. (23)

12. 21a Peter Britten – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (22)

13. 20c Craig Hanson – Johnstown, N.Y. (21)

14. 6H Josh Hohenfort – Gloversville, N.Y. (27)

15. 3 Mark Kislowski – Ballston Spa, N.Y. (12)

16. 24 Jeremy Wilder – Fort Plain, N.Y. (17)

17. 14G Brian Gleason – Guilderland, N.Y. (16)

18. 42 Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. (9)

19. 27J Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. (15)

20. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Bound Brook, N.J. (29)

21. 17E Elmo Reckner – Ballston Lake, N.Y. (14)

22. 816 Jeff Rockefeller – Ballston Spa, N.Y. (28)

23. 17 Rob Pitcher – Chatham, N.Y. (31)

24. 14 C.G. Morey – Rutland, VT

25. 1 Darwin Green – Susquehanna, PA (25)

26. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, NJ (3)

27. 2rj Ronnie Johnson – Duanesburg, N.Y. (19)

28. 09 Connor Cleveland – Corinth, N.Y. (26)

29. 32 Vic Coffey – Leicester, N.Y. (30)

30. 85 HJ Bunting – Milford, DE (24)

31. 71 Ron Holmes – Oneida, N.Y. (20)

DID NOT START

Jessey Mueller

Dave Rauscher

Matt Delorenzo

Korey Wilder

Pep Corradi

Vinnie Sanganetti

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)

Heat 1: Decker, Wight, Friesen, Romano, J Wilder, Hanson, B Varin, Green, Pitcher

Heat 2: Sheppard, Tomkins, Fuller, Reckner, K Wilder, Hohenfort, Corradi, Delorenzo, Sanganetti

Heat 3: Hearn, Phelps, Flach, D Johnson, R Johnson, Britten, Bunting, Coffey, Scagliotta

Heat 4: Kislowski, D Varin, Ward, Gleason, Holmes, Cleveland, Rockefeller, Rauscher, Mueller

Consi 1: Hanson, B Varin, Green, Hohenfort, Pitcher, Delorenzo

Consi 2: Britten, Bunting, Cleveland, Rockefeller, Morey, Scagliotta, Coffey, Rauscher.

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